The Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy Project will explore how mission-oriented policies can help policymakers address the complex and pressing social and technological challenges of the 21st century, and give ‘direction’ to economic growth. It is a collaboration between the RSA and UCL’s new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), directed by Professor Mariana Mazzucato.
President Kennedy’s 1961 ‘man to the moon’ challenge sparked waves of innovation in many sectors of the economy by bringing focused attention to achieving an ambitious, measurable objective. More generally, mission-oriented innovation policies stimulate transformational change and economic growth by setting a goal, without dictating a particular route to reach it. They define measurable objectives to address public problems, then mobilise public and private resources to achieve them.
This project will consider how mission-oriented policies can be applied to today’s societal and technological challenges – from tackling climate change, to generating inclusive growth, to managing chronic health conditions. It will work directly with leaders of public organisations from around the world interested in applying mission-oriented innovation policies to the challenges they face.
In August the RSA and IIPP will co-host a retreat showcasing the pilot phase of the Mission Oriented Innovation Policy project at this year's European Forum Alpbach Political Symposium. By gathering key stakeholders and expertise this event will consider how the mission-oriented framework could be applied to a city-level green challenge.
Specifically, we aim to:
Convene policy makers and international stakeholders to scope a green challenge with concrete missions that can operationally drive sustainable cities;
Study the and its ability to garner widespread sectoral support;
Co-design a model of how a diverse range of stakeholders and interests could successfully collaborate in pursuit of a shared mission;
Explore the opportunities and challenges which institutions may encounter within the Green Challenge with key UK policy makers and international stakeholders.
Co-create a process to prototype for what collaboration on a green challenge will require.
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